Exhibits

Our exhibitions present new, engaging, and vibrant ways of looking at Smithtown’s past. Using our historic collection, our consulting curator pieces together creative and unique exhibitions to showcase Smithtown’s rich history.

KEEP IN TOUCH
300 Years of Communication in Smithtown

explores the evolving ways that Smithtown residents have communicated throughout history, from writing letters, to sending telegraphs, talking on the telephone, and the emergence of 21st century modes of connecting through email, social networking, and smart phone technologies.  The exhibition includes a carved wooden writing desk from the late 1600s; one of Smithtown Post Office’s first US Mail signs, c. 1890; a Hallicrafter’s SkyChampion S-20R radio, c. 1939, that was used by a Smithtown resident to get news during World War II; and a Remington Standard typewriter, c. 1910.  An old oak telephone (c. 1910), an early Apple computer, an iPhone, and other forms of technology will also be displayed, as well as examples of letters that indicate how people have dialogued and kept connected over time.  “It is with emotions that I never before experienced, and which I cannot describe that I take my pen to address you,” starts one displayed letter in the exhibition, a love note from a young Commack woman to her beau in 1823. Keep in Touch will explore all the various ways that people’s communication in our town has changed from a time when receiving a handwritten letter was a cherished experience to our present more instantaneous ways of connecting.

Exhibits typically run from March through November in the Caleb Smith II House which serves as our collections and exhibit building. Museum exhibition hours are  Saturdays 10 am-2 pm by appointment only. The Caleb Smith II House is located at 5 North Country Rd, just next to the main building of the Smithtown Library.

Hallicrafter’s SkyChampion S-20R radio, c. 1939

Hallicrafter’s SkyChampion S-20R radio, c. 1939

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An old oak telephone c. 1910

An old oak telephone c. 1910

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Telegraph c. date

Telegraph c. date

The telegraph is featured in our exhibit. This one was used by John Smith circa 1835 and donated to the historical society by John Smith III. People used telegraphs to communicate before the invention of the telephone.

An early Apple computer c. date

An early Apple computer c. date

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First iPhone c. date

First iPhone c. date

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